Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.


Offensive touchdowns the Bears have given up, over 66 possessions, in their five-game winning streakThe Bears have benefited from bad weather in winning their past two homes games, part of their five-game winning streak that has put them atop the NFC North. Their opponent today, Carolina, has won six straight and leads the NFC South.

Bad weather plays into Chicago's hands because of its strong defense (it leads the NFL in fewest points allowed) and running game. Chicago defeated Baltimore, 10-6, on Oct. 23 in a game that was played in a downpour. The Ravens did not cross the Bears 44-yard line in the second half.

The wind played a part in a 17-9 win over San Francisco last week. With the wind gusting to 47 mph, the 49ers missed one field goal, had another attempt aborted after the wind blew away the snap from center and went 1-for-13 passing. They also had the top of one of their Gatorade buckets blown from their sideline to the Bears' sideline.

Carolina defensive tackle Brentson Buckner said the worst weather he has played in came during a game in Chicago while he was with the Steelers in 1995.

"When we kicked off, it was about 40 degrees," he said. "By the end of the game, it was more like 10 degrees with heavy wind and snow. It was crazy. The wind blows so hard that you can never tell about the weather."